Less than a 5 minute drive from the house, is the small Hamlet of Alport. It sits within the Haddon Estate and at the bottom of Bradford Dale. We could walk directly from the house id we wanted a full day and a circular walk, but we went by car as we didn t have a lot of time, just a couple of hours. We parked in the marked lay-by on the right side, on the road leading from Alport to Youlgreave. Just below the parking and passing a large cottage just beyond is a footpath leading up the Dale following the the River Lathkill. We crossed a couple of fields close to the river, enjoying hazy sunshine with our dog Gnasher whom you will see in photos looks terribly fierce, haha !
As we passed the house we came to a stile leading to a narrow lane where we turned right to see a small packhorse bridge and a weir with swans fettling their feathers
We crossed over the bridge and followed the pathway up through the woods until we reached open fields at the top. The sign there was misleading and though the maps suggest 3 routes there was a notice saying 1 route only ? this would take us the wrong way and we could see our destination, Over Haddon village, and the white building of the Lathkill Hotel. We could clearly see a stile between the us and Haddon and took the route as originally planned. We passed several walkers from the opposite direction ( the pathway was open from that direction so were glad we had stuck to the map !)
Now on high ground we could enjoy the fantastic views of the valley as it winds its way up to Monyash.
Had we had more time we could have taken many routes from Over Haddon either towards Monyash, Bakewell or Youlgreave via Congreave and back to the car, but our time was short so we returned via the same route, This wasn t a disappointment at all as the view was in reverse, the skies were brighter - this is when we took the top right photo.
All in were were only out for 2 hours, and it was lovely, no serious footwear needed or planning. This is a very typical of the walking very close to our home.